Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Irritable bowel syndrome is an intestinal disorder causing pain in the belly, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about irritable bowel syndrome in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder but its also one that many people arent comfortable talking about because the signs and symptoms may be embarrassing. Some people have such severe cases that it interferes significantly with their life.

The cause of irritable bowel syndrome isnt well understood. A diagnosis is often made based on symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long term.

Even though signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease, which are forms of inflammatory bowel disease doesnt cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.

Symptoms that are not part of irritable bowel syndrome include fever, blood in the stool, vomiting or weight loss. These symptoms may signify a more serious problem.

If you are having IBS symptoms that interfere with your life, see your physician. The condition cant be cured but treatment may help.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.